Adding Solids

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This chart helps you decide when to feed your baby certain solid foods. The most allergenic foods are saved for last while the least allergenic are the ones you begin with.

Age of Introduction Grains and Cereals Vegetables Fruits and Fruit Juices Meat and Alternates Milk and Milk Products Nuts, seeds, other
Six to nine months Rice
Millet
Tapioca
Arrowroot
All cooked
Yam
Sweet potato

Squash (all types)
Carrot

Parsnip
Beets
Broccoli
Potato
Green beans
Cabbage
All cooked
Pear
Peach
Banana
Apricot
Nectarine
Blueberry
Rhubarb
All cooked
Lamb
Turkey
Breast milk

If absolutely necessary:
Casein
hydrolysate
formula
None
Nine to twelve months Barley
Rye
Oats
Buckwheat
Asparagus
Avocado
Cauliflower
Brussels
sprouts
Plum
Prune
Pineapple
Grape
Apple
Cranberry
Raisins
Chicken
Veal
Beef
Breast milk or
Casein
hydrolysate
formula
None except vegetable oils in infant formulas
Twelve to twenty-four months Corn
Wheat
Other grains
Green pea
Spinach
Tomato
Celery
Cucumber
Lettuce
Onion
Garlic
Lima beans
Broad beans
Soy
Other
legumes
Raw
vegetables
Citrus fruits (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit)
Strawberry
Raspberry
Other berries
Melons
Mango
Fig
Date
Cherry
Any raw fruits
Ham
Pork
Fish
Egg
Yoghurt (plain)

Whole milk
White cheese
Cottage cheese
Flax seed

Seed oils:
Canola
Safflower
Sunflower
After two years All All All Shellfish All others including ice cream *Peanut
Nuts
Chocolate
Sesame seed
Other seeds

* Some authorities recommend not introducing peanuts until after 3 years of age

Reference: J.M.Vickerstaff Joneja, Dealing with Food Allergies in Babies and Children. Bull Publishing Company, Colorado 2007

Chart used with permission from Vickerstaff Health Services.

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